Dockwalk: Interior Refresh?


31 Mar Dockwalk: Interior Refresh?

Need a quick interior update, without the hassle of a full refit? When weighing up a refit, one aspect considered by yacht owners and managers is whether it’s really necessary, or if it’s possible to squeeze out another season as is. While many factors dictate the decision, the temporary break from charters and the subsequent lack of earnings plays a big part in the decision. But there is a solution.

If the changes are cosmetic, there is a way to quickly refresh the yacht’s interior without taking a season of downtime. Wild Group International has been taking advantage of 3M’s impressive new range of lms to tackle faded, stained, sun damaged, and tired interiors. “Sun damaged and water-stained wood in bridges, corridors, stairwells, saloons, and cabins can quickly be refreshed by using the 3M Dinoc range,” says Greg Hoar of Wild Group International. “The lms are available in a wide range of wood, leather, and patterned effects.”

Wild Group International also has been using the lms to give outdated, dark interiors a lighter, more contemporary feel, with the benefit of keeping the existing layout. “This typically works for an interior with dark wood paneling with an oppressive feel,” Hoar says. “Wild Group will apply a much lighter wood effect, or o -white effect, to brighten the room.”

Refinishing the interior of a 30-meter yacht would take between three and four weeks depending on the number of rooms and different materials being used. The cost would range between €25,000 and €60,000 — significantly less time and money than a full re t. This approach to interior work is quick and clean and can be done in the yacht’s usual berth, or even while it’s on the move. “Wild Group has refreshed an interior while a yacht was on a delivery passage,” Hoar says, “so the yacht left Corsica with the interior tired, and arrived in Monaco refreshed.”

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